How To Gain Immediate Control Over Any Classroom
Aug 8, 2011 Classroom Management 2808 Views
You may wonder why it is that some teachers seem to gain immediate respect from their class no matter how intolerant or hard to control the class is for other teachers. Some teachers seem to have a magic ability to settle and engage the hardest classes, even if they’re teaching the class for the first time.
The most surprising aspect of these teachers is that some get these results without even being intimidating or oppressive. The really good teachers don’t need to resort to intimidating students into behaving. A room can be in total chaos, but when that teacher walks in, the whole class will sit silently, ready to work with pen in hand. A teacher like this has total control over their students, regardless of the situation.
This sort of teacher has total and utter composure with all groups. Nothing gets past them and they treat everyone firmly and fairly. In any confrontation, the idea of resistance doesn’t enter their head and they can placate any dispute with ease and without rousing resentment. They can make more headway with the most difficult student in two minutes than most can make in a whole term.
They are involved; they know the school policies and rules inside and out and are always aware of all school activities. They have an interest in the students, and pay attention to them, knowing the current news and gossip about the students like who’s dating who and what the current fashion trends and fads are. And, of course, they always have a great sense of humour. They’re always smiling and enjoy a good laugh.
Now of course, someone like this is going to get talked about, by staff as well as students. Students throughout the whole school will know exactly what to expect from them. They will know that they can look forward to having an entertaining, interesting lesson, but that they won’t get away with anything.
And that is where the secret about these teachers lie. The reason some teachers can walk into a brand new class and command immediate respect and attention from even the worst students, is simply because students are aware ahead of time about what to expect from this particular teacher. Their reputation precedes them.
If you want to gain immediate respect from any class, you will need to work hard on your reputation. Your reputation dictates how much respect you will garner from students and staff alike. The more you commit to building your skills and awareness, the better your reputation will become.
So start taking the necessary steps to build up your reputation. Ensure that your lessons are always engaging and fun for your students, as this will not only make students enjoy your class but will also help to eliminate disruptions and problem behaviour. Next, go out of your way to know your students and get involved in school activities. Students love an involved teacher that takes interest in them. If you take these steps, your reputation will undoubtedly improve. A reputation is not something that is built over night, however. So it will take time to see the fruits of your labour but when it happens, you will also find that you enjoy your days more and enjoy teaching more as well.